Starting today, Diablo players will be able to unlock a new set of cosmetic wings through a cross game promotion with Heroes of the Storm. The task to earn these wings is simple: between June 13th and June 26th, play 15 games as a Diablo hero while partied with a friend. Even as a new player you'll have access to a few Diablo heroes, such as Nazeebo (Witch Doctor), Sonya (Barbarian), Cassia (Amazon) — and Diablo himself will be free to play from June 13th through June 20th. After you complete your 15 games, you'll get the wings with the release of the Diablo 2.6 Patch.
Originally posted by Blizzard (Official Blog)
To celebrate Malthael’s entrance to the Nexus, as well as the Necromancer making his way out of the Eastern Swamps and into Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, we’ve struck an accord with the Aspect of Death himself. Agree to his bargain, complete his task, and reap… rewards!
It’s a simple task: Play 15 Games with friend in VS AI, QM, Ranked, and Unranked Draft as Heroes from the Diablo Universe. Once the bargain is struck and the task is complete, you’ll receive the following rewards:
- Heroes of the Storm Rewards: Leoric’s Phantom, 1x Epic Loot Chest
- Diablo III PC Rewards: Ghost Kerrigan Wings*
- The event begins during the week of June 13, and lasts until June 26**
*While the Ghost Kerrigan Wings can be unlocked by completing your quest in Heroes of the Storm starting next week, they will be unavailable for use in Diablo III until Patch 2.6.0 is released in your region. Stay tuned to the official Diablo III site for more details.
**Exact start and end dates may vary slightly by region.
Has it been a while since you last played Heroes of the Storm? Or have you never played the game before, but still want to grab those awesome wings? Don't worry, we've got you covered with some quick tips to prepare you for your trip into the Nexus.
Understanding the Objectives
Heroes shares many core elements with traditional hero brawlers, in that each team's primary goal is to destroy the opposing team's core. However, Heroes diverges from the norm in that every battleground has a set of objectives that teams will fight over, to help them complete that task. Each map has a different objective that will be explained on the loading screen when a match is starting. These objectives are essential to winning and should not be ignored! Some maps will focus on splitting up your team and engaging in multiple small skirmishes in different areas — Dragonshire, Towers of Doom, and Warhead Junction are a few examples. Other maps will force full team fights in which you'll need to work with your team to claim the objective as a group. On these maps, make sure to stay with your team and keep an eye on the objective timers! Both of the Diablo themed maps, Infernal Shrines and Battlefields of Eternity, fall into this category. Pay attention to the tips on the loading screens for any battleground you're not familiar with, as blindly focusing on killing your opponent could cost you the game by giving up objectives.
Use Your Mini-map
Across all heroes and on any battleground, your single most powerful tool is the mini-map. Nothing feels worse than getting ambushed by the enemy team when you thought they were somewhere else. The mini-map gives you a wealth of information to help you avoid these situations. Always be wary when you cannot see all the members of the enemy team. If you find that heroes on the enemy team are visible, be cautious and don't travel too far from your towers or teammates, as the enemy may be setting up an ambush. Also, before you engage in a team fight, check the mini-map to see if your team pulled back and left you alone. It can be very frustrating to die because you engaged an enemy by yourself, while your team decided to capture a different objective, or thought that the team fight wasn't worth it. An awareness of your team's whereabouts is just as important as knowing where your enemy is, and paying attention to the mini-map will help keep you from being caught unaware.
Know When to Lane and When to Not
No matter what battleground you're playing on, your early game experience will consist of splitting your team across multiple lanes to farm experience. While you'll need to be playing with a friend for this event, don't be afraid to split up during this laning phase if necessary. Make sure that there is at least one hero in every lane to maximize your experience gains. As you begin to transition into the mid/late game you'll find that laning is far less important than staying grouped up with your team or prioritizing objectives. When and where this occurs will change depending upon the map, but a good rule of thumb is that it's almost always more important to go for objectives than it is to farm experience in lanes. There will be situations when this isn't the case, so communicate with your team when you're not sure if you should break off from your lane or not. Two great examples of when to give up an objective and stay in your lane are: 1) when you're outnumbered due to other players being dead or out of position and 2) when your opponents are level 10 or 20 and you are not (level 10 and 20 are huge power spikes and even when outnumbered, a team with access to level 10 or 20 talents will usually be favored in any team fight if their opponents are behind in levels).
"Diving" is when you over extend yourself to try to finish off a low health enemy or tower, or to make a last ditch effort to capture an objective. As a new player this is almost always a bad idea. Focusing solely on trying to get that last hit to kill an enemy that's running away, or other similar situations, can create a tunnel vision effect and cause you to not see other threats around you. Unless you have support from your team, it's better to let a low health enemy retreat, because more often than not the scenario will play out with the enemy getting away and you dying in the process.
We hope that some of these tips will help you on your first journey into the Nexus and that you have fun while on quest to earn the Kerrigan Ghost Wings. Just remember that after your quest is complete, you will still need to wait until the launch of Patch 2.6 before the Wings will be accessible in your Wardrobe.
Neinball (@NeinballGamer) is a content creator for Diablo Fans and a horadrim in training. Whether he's relaxing on Zegema Beach, fighting servants of the Corpse-God in the 41st millennium, or quelling Rebellions in the Outer Rim, his passion always brings him back to slaying Demons in Sanctuary.